Fabio Fognini sorry for ethnic slur at Hamburg Open

Second-seeded Fabio Fognini issued an apology for directing an ethnic slur at qualifier Filip Krajinovic, who upset him 6-4, 6-0 in the second round of the Hamburg Open.

Italian apologizes for insulting Filip Krajinovic during 6-4, 6-0 loss

Fabio Fognini apologized on Twitter to Serbian opponent Filip Krajinovic for muttering an ethnic slur during the Hamburg Open. (Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Italy's Fabio Fognini has apologized for using an ethnic slur toward Serbian opponent Filip Krajinovic during a second-round loss at the Hamburg Open.

A video of Fognini showed him muttering the Italian word, "Zingaro", meaning gypsy, while he had his back to Krajinovic during Wednesday's match.

After it was picked up on social media, Fognini tweeted: "I made a mistake. I didn't want to offend anyone ... I know Filip very well and anyone who plays sports knows that at times you get carried away saying things that make no sense."

Krajinovic, a 149th-ranked qualifier, won 6-4, 6-0 against the defending champion and second seed.

The temperamental Fognini also broke his racquet in half by stepping on it as he headed to a changeover midway through the second set.


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